The Secretary's Standards state that, "The new addition, exterior alteration, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment". Some people think that either a new building or a new addition to a building in a historic district should be an exact replication of the existing historic buildings, while others often are confused about how to build a new building or addition so that it is different from an original, but not so different that it "sticks out like a sore thumb".


With Norman Alston Architects, we have accomplished designing and building new buildings and additions that are almost too authentic. This  requires an extensive knowledge of historic design and  how to effectively balance the design with modern technology, building codes, accessibility requirements, and available building materials. We know and understand how to design the new historically inspired building or addition, meet building code and accessibility requirements, and procure the materials that are available while adhering to The Secretary's Standards. We have had 100% success gaining approval of our designs for additions to  existing  buildings and for new buildings within historic districts from Landmark Commissions and Main Street Advisory Boards.


The Guytan House


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The Guytan House is a new Arts & Crafts Bungalow, located in the Winnetka Heights Historic District in Dallas, Texas, that was patterned after an extant 1922 bungalow. The client’s first design, which was designed by another firm, did not meet the Historic District Ordinance Criteria and had to be re-designed to meet the Ordinance. W. Neely Plumb redesigned much of the project, including a new historic entry door and garage, selected the historic color scheme, obtained the Certificates of Appropriateness, and performed the construction administration.

(2001-02; with Norman Alston Architects)



The Flores House



The Flores House is a new Vernacular Pyramidal style house located in the 10th Street Historic District in Dallas, Texas. The house was the first new house to be built in the neighborhood in approximately 50 years. Plumb designed the house to meet the Historic District Ordinance design criteria, obtained the certificate of Appropriateness from the City of Dallas Department of Planning & Development Historic Preservation Division and the Historic Landmark Commission, and the owner obtained the building permit. Construction  began in October 2002. (2002)


The Juarez House




The Juarez House is a new Arts and Crafts Bungalow located in the Kings Highway Conservation District in Dallas, Texas. Plumb designed the house to meet the Conservation District Ordinance design criteria, obtained approval of the project from the City of Dallas Department of  Development Services Historic Preservation Division and the City of Dallas Historic Landmark Commission, and the owner obtained the building permit.  Construction  began in November 2002. (2002) 


The Friend Home Carriage House

Marshall, Texas



The Historically Inspired Carriage House for the Friend Home matches the style of the home's original outbuildings and provides space for two automobiles, lawn equipment, and has a loft for storage. It was designed and built by 19th Century Designs in 1991.



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